New Mexico Urban Homesteader

Hello, I am A 50 Something, Prepper ;-}; former 60's Flower Child, don't believe in taxpayer subsidized special interest groups (political parties), DO believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights (1st 10). Long time Independent & Informed Voter. Lover of the outdoors and firm believer that History Teaches - if only we will listen!

(No longer Urban or in NM. Now Rural in the mountains of Maine.)

This blog was started at the request of some dear friends that wish to become Preppers.

“No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.”

Demosthenes (384–322 BC, Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Day Thoughts & Prayers

Memorial Day Thoughts & Prayers

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.

There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day.

There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920).

While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860's tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868.

It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).

It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

In 1915, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields," Moina Michael replied with her own poem:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need.

Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms.Michael and when she returned to France, made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children's League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium.

The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help. Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans' organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their "Buddy" Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.

Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.

There are a few notable exceptions. Since the late 50's on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing.

In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day.

More recently, beginning in 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye's Heights (the Luminaria Program).

And in 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years and on Memorial Day, The Rolling Thunder motorcycle club ride through Washington D.C. to honor veterans, POWs, and MIAs.

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps."

The Moment of Remembrance is a step in the right direction to returning the meaning back to the day.

Yet it seems most Americans are too “engrossed” and “busy” with today’s day to day trials and tribulations to think of Memorial Day as anything but a 3-day weekend. This is very sad for we seem to have forgotten that in order for us to have this 3-day weekend to indulge in bliss and (dare I say) Freedom - is because others paid and are paying, the ultimate price!

We should be humble and honored enough to set aside one day out of the entire year for our nation to get together to remember; to reflect and honor those who have given and are currently giving their all in service to our country – just so we can remain free!

Did You Know?

On January 19, 1999 Senator Inouye introduced bill S 189 to the Senate which proposes to restore the traditional day of observance of Memorial Day back to May 30th instead of "the last Monday in May". On April 19, 1999 Representative Gibbons introduced the bill to the House (H.R. 1474). The bills were referred the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Government Reform.

To date, there has been no further developments on the bill. Please write your Representative and your Senators, urging them to support these bills.

In a 2002 Memorial Day address the VFW stated: “Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public's nonchalant observance of Memorial Day.

"...gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime....let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude,--the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan." --General John Logan, General Order No. 11, 5 May 1868

Celebrate Memorial Day by:

  • visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
  • visiting memorials.
  • flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon.
  • flying the 'POW/MIA Flag' as well (Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act).
  • participating in a "National Moment of Remembrance": at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day, and for Taps to be played.
  • by renewing a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our falled dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.

"... there are some who keep up a tradition of pride in service to the United States of America and remember all those who had fallen .... Let none of us ever forget what Memorial Day really is." --Kathlena Peebles, May 1996

What is Memorial Day?

by Jim Hutchinson
Mays Landing,NJ

Is Memorial Day a Hardware sale?
A good price on a garden pail ?
Did my buddies give their limbs, lives, and sinew
For chicken, stakes, and barbecue ?
For The Coward to place a wreath on sacred ground,
While my comrades are crippled and wheelchair bound
Did my buddies die in that living green hell.
For endless rows of cars to sell ?
For drunks, accidents and long traffic jams,
Did my buddies perish in Vietnam .
So while young men drool over the Memorial Day Queen
I’ll remember my buddies -The Living, The Dead and The In - Between.

Whenever I See A Soldier Boy...

by Sam Miller

Whenever I see a soldier boy
No matter where it be
I give him salutation
for he means so much to me

He's not the boy we used to know
In store, at desk or plow
He's a defender of our faith
He's in the service now

He keeps Old Glory flying
on land and air and sea
He lives to make our homes secure
He dies to keep us free.

The Price

By Roger W Hancock (

There is a price for everything, nothing is easy, nothing free.
To be left without wanting, then you must pay the cost.

With little price paid and your appreciation lean, value slips away to fade.
The desired becomes ignored.

If you yearn, if necessity be, work for it to earn the worth.
Then care for it that you shall see, the appraisal shall not deflate.

Freedom comes to everyone, if the price be paid, with blood.
Sacrifice for sake of freedom, it is not easy and it is not free and remember all those who had fallen ....

Freedom's Colors

Roger W Hancock (

Red is for Bravery;
blood shed in sacrifice.
Freedom came with lives the price.

White is for Liberty;
freedom's purity.
Life be free from God's decree.

Blue is for Justice;
as vast as the sky.
Over freedom's land to occupy.

The Oath of the Soldier

A Memorial Day Observance Speech

by Johnny Q. Gogue III

Memorial Day – For most it is a three-day weekend, filled with bar-b-que’s and picnics . . . A time to get away from the normal humdrum of the week. For other’s it’s the beginning of summer, a time to look towards the long lazy days and a time to plan your summer get-a-ways. Though for some, Memorial Day holds a special significance.

On May 5, 1868, an order issued by General John Logan established a day of remembrance for those soldiers who died during the Civil War. May 30, 1868, was the day designated for this observance and flowers were placed on the graves of the fallen soldiers of both the Union and Confederate Armies. New York was the first state to officially recognize this observance in 1873 and in 1971 with the passage of the National Holiday Act; Memorial Day was designated as the last Monday of May.

Now for many of us, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, and the Korean War are ancient history. The Vietnam War a fading memory. But with the recent Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom we, the American people have once again been thrust into a position of remembering those who are fighting and dying today.

I, like my grandfathers, father, uncles and aunt before me, am a veteran. I am and was proud of serving in the Armed Forces. I served in the Army from 1985 to 1994. I was in Operation Desert Storm/Shield. I know what Memorial Day is about.

I have two brothers who are currently serving. One brother is serving in the Navy in Italy. My youngest brother, who is currently serving in the Army, is right now in Iraq supporting and defending his fellow soldiers. I know what Memorial Day is about.

Memorial Day for all soldiers is embodied in the words of the oath that you first take when you enlist into the service of the country:


This oath taken by each and every soldier exemplifies the reason why soldiers do what they do each and every day. Soldiers are defenders of the same principles that made this country great.
They stand as Patriots to defend and protect the ideals and sentiments espoused in the Constitution of the United States. Soldiers bear true faith and allegiance to that document and they work, and live, within the Codes of Military Justice. Soldiers also obey the orders of the President of the United States and the Officers appointed over them. These truths are self evident in the everyday lives of soldiers.

Now, as we see our fellow citizens arrive back from a foreign land, we should not forget those words that each and every soldier spoke upon enlistment. Because when we look upon a returning soldier from conflict, a disabled veteran, or a grave marker – those words should ring in your conscience.

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic . . . streaming from the eyes of the returning soldier. That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the Officers appointed over me . . . sounding from the stumbling gait of the disabled veteran. According to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God . . . blasting from the cold stone face of a grave marker.

Remember those that gave their lives, so that we may continue to live in freedom as spelled out in the Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence . . . Lest we forget.


Oh Creator, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need.
I humbly ask this in Your name.

May the truth that makes us free,
the hope that never dies,
and the love that casts out fear,
lead us forward together, till the dayspring breaks and the shadows flee away.

To all who have fought or lost; Thank You- and May the Creator bless you and yours always.


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Monday, May 23, 2011

Albuquerque Old School

If you live in the Albuquerque area Check This Place Out!!!

Albuquerque Old School

Old School is a hub of experts happily sharing their user-friendly skills to further the revolution of sustainable and frugal living. Until now, these awesome resources in Albuquerque have had a loose network of independent workshops and classes. Now, these experts and offerings are under one roof, making Old School the place to find the skills you want to learn.

Their classes are intentionally priced to make them affordable for families in need of these skills. Free or low-cost SAFE childcare is available in order to open opportunities for folks otherwise unable to attend classes.

Their financial model is simple. If there are funds left over after paying for rent and supplies, teachers get half of it. At least 10 percent of any leftover funds is donated to a charity. The remainder is returned to the school to compensate administrators and keep the school running (website and advertising).

If you don’t see a topic on their list, let them know. They’ll use their network to find a teacher for you, and then they’ll host a class. If you want to take a class but it doesn’t work with your schedule, talk to them. That teacher might offer a class to meet your schedule.

Or if you have a skill you think fits their mission, let them know. Maybe you can join their experts in spreading the traditional, frugal and sustainable living skills that make Old School so neat.

Sample of Classes offered:

  • Oh Honey, Please
  • Culturing Milk (yogurt, kefir and cheese)
  • Quilting You Can Handle
  • Backyard Chickens
  • Easy Cheese
  • Lacto-fermentation
  • Backyard Beer
  • Solar Cooking
  • Intro to Traditional Food
  • Homebirth Survey
  • Knitting & Crochet
  • Composting
  • Women only
  • Greywater Recapture
  • Safe and Simple Canning
  • Kombucha
  • Homemade Beauty Products
  • Composting
  • Buttermilk Extravaganza
  • Composting Toilet Workshop
  • Sock Darning
  • Container Gardening
  • Hummus, Dolmas, and More

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“Without self-reliance, there is no independence. Without independence there is no freedom. Without freedom, there is no self.”

TNT a 50 Something, urban homesteading, Prepper ;-}

Thursday, May 19, 2011

May 28-30 The 2011 Survival & Preparedness Conference

The 2011 Survival & Preparedness Conference kicks off on Memorial Day weekend (May 28-30) at the DFW Marriott in Dallas Texas.

Event Registration Now Open!!!

This eagerly anticipated conference features the world’s leading experts in survival tactics and preparedness instruction.

Keep On Preppin ;-}


Monday, May 16, 2011

Shopping for Fresh & Seasonal Foods

In order to have the best foods on our tables, in our refrigerators and for home food preservation we need the freshest food possible. This may seem like a simple task when we use terms like:

  • In Season
  • Fresh
  • Local
  • Organic
  • Natural

Now define and more importantly, quantify these terms. Oh-oh! Seems like we need a degree program to do this! So this little ‘note’ contains what I found out about these terms and how I go about trying to insure the best of the best for me and mine.

Follow the link below to find out:

  • What does “in season” mean?
  • Primary Cause of the Seasons
  • What are the seasons for North America?
  • Seasons of the United States
  • What is Fresh or Local Food?
  • What are Natural Foods?
  • What is Organic Food?
  • What are GMO foods?
  • How common are GMO foods?
  • The Non-GMO Project, Pledge and symbol
** Note that natural food and organic food are NOT interchangeable terms **

See Shopping for Fresh & Seasonal Foods for more details to the above questions.

What should we look for in terms of using the freshest food for our home food preservation?

Ok so “in season” depends not only on where you are on the North American continent and U.S. it also depends on where you are in just about each state. Use your farmer’s markets as guide of what is “in season” in your local.

Since “local food” can have just about any meaning one wants to put to it I often shop at Farmer’s Markets. These usually have only produce that was harvested in my state, and in many cases, just my region of my state.

When it comes to "organic food", well the U.S.D.A did come up with a half decent definition by law of organic. However it does contain some loop holes that have to date, NOT been closed by any Supreme Court cases. Yet it still pays to look for the “Certified Organic” stamp.

As for "Natural Foods", we are in even deeper doo-doo since the U.S. does NOT have any legal definition of this term although they do discourage companies from using the word in advertising. Of course we all know how well that is working!

Considering these factors I make a habit of asking what farm supplied what produce at the Farmer’s Market. Then I research that farm. I have even been known to call or visit the farm to get an idea of how they produce and process their products.

I also look for the “No GMO” pledge stamp which is a voluntary, non-governmental pledge that farmers can join to guarantee that the produce was not started from GMO seeds (I look for this when purchasing open pollinated seeds too). This pledge was started by the Organic Consumer Association (a nonprofit consumer group) as a result of those loop holes in the ‘organic’ law and the lack of legal definition of ‘natural’.

Here are some other tips to help you out:

Tip #1: Buy Organic

Certified organic products cannot intentionally include any GMO ingredients. Buy products labeled “100% organic,” “organic,” or “made with organic ingredients.” You can be doubly sure if the product also has a Non-GMO Project Verified Seal.

Tip #2: Look for Non-GMO Project Seals

Products that carry the Non-GMO Project Seal are independently verified to be in compliance with North America’s only third party standard for GMO avoidance, including testing of at-risk ingredients.

The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to providing consumers with clearly labeled and independently verified non-GMO choices. Look for dairy products labeled "No rBGH or rBST,” or “artificial hormone-free.”

Tip #3: Avoid at-risk ingredients

If it’s not labeled organic or verified non-GMO: Avoid products made with ingredients that might be derived from GMOs. The eight GM food crops are Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed, Sugar Beets, Hawaiian Papaya (most) and a small amount of Zucchini and Yellow Squash.

Sugar If a non-organic product made in North American lists “sugar” as an ingredient (and NOT pure cane sugar), then it is almost certainly a combination of sugar from both sugar cane and GM sugar beets.

Dairy Products may be from cows injected with GM bovine growth hormone. Look for labels stating No rBGH, rBST, or artificial hormones (Bovine Growth Hormone-rBGH/rBST).

Tip #4: Download a Shopping Guide

There is an entire page in the following guide to help you uncover hidden GM ingredients on food labels that often read more like a chemical periodic table. Non GMO Shopping Guide

Or go for the pocket guide: Non GMO Pocket Shopping Guide

How to find “In Season” foods in your area

Over the past year I have been researching this by state. I searched all the Farmer’s Markets, Local Foods and Pick Your Own sites I could find; even called a few to get specific answers. Once I had this cataloged in a spreadsheet I then went to the USDA site and researched “in season” as well as imports and exports on these same food items. Then I searched the U.S. Census site so I could how theses farms were cataloged in terms of “family owned”, “LLC Family Owned”, “Corporate” or “Conglomerate” and removed any that I found. Now Family Owned and LLC Family Owned are OK; however I found one corporate owned, but run by a family (probably the former owners), farm that was removed from database.

Keep in mind that the dates listed could be for a specific region of a state and or the best Pick Your Own dates. Most of the “shorter” timeframe dates are the Pick Your Own dates.

The Farmer's Markets and Local Food sites only list what these entities have reported as being crops they usually provide and when. The Pick You Own sites only list those states and crops that registered with said sites.

There are many more fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S. via green houses or by big corporate farms that I tried my best NOT to include, however the farthest right column has the "general U.S. availability" information. Just remember that this column includes corporate farms and a few out of country imports may have slipped through.

I learned one interesting tidbit – the USDA will consider a food “in season” if it was harvested and shipped to point of sale while it was still “in season” in its place of origin. Humm, isn’t that splitting hairs?

The resulting database called U.S. Fruit & Vegetable In Season & Harvest Dates State by State can be found at:

This workbook will give you a sense of what to expect at farmers markets and grocery stores.

As well as what produce at grocery stores is more likely to be imported.

How to use the workbook

  1. Check your grocery items against your states availability in the workbook.
  2. If it is not in season for your state, then check your neighboring states for that item.
  3. If it is not in season for your neighboring states, then check the rest of the United States.
  4. If it is not in season for the United States then this item is either greenhouse grown or imported from out of country.

PS: Use the example tab to copy and paste your state and surrounding states column to make checking availability easier.

Today is the Tomorrow that we worried about Yesterday ;-}

TNT, a fifty something, ‘Homesteading’ Prepper

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Step Seventeen: The “and Not Go Broke” Part - How to Make a Preparedness Plan th Works

"He who does not economize will have to agonize"

Step Seventeen: The “and Not Go Broke” Part

I don’t care if you are preparing for the four personal crises listed in the prerequisites or for one or more of “the end of the world as we know it” crises - Budget is a key!

"Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things."
Elise Boulding

There are dozens of resources out there on creating and sticking to a budget. Pick one that meets your needs and go for it. We can’t really complain about someone else or the government on their wasteful spending if we don’t have our own under control.

With a budget you can be debt free or as close to it as possible (most of us can’t get away from a mortgage or auto loan), remember the Jones do not pay your bills so pooey on them! With a minimum of $25.00 per week you can accomplish a lot. You can save for a trip to a Colonial farm for a vacation and learn a skill you feel you need. You can take advantage of buy one get one free sales and the like.

Sure it’s great to go to that 1st showing at $50.00 a head, but are we going to die if we don’t go? Is going through life feeding our whims of fantasy going to save us if that gas line explodes, the roof at the store collapses, we get attacked getting into our car or we have a kitchen fire?

"By sowing frugality we reap liberty, a golden harvest."

Take advantage of garage sales, estate sales and flea markets or surplus and warehouse stores.

On the internet try CraigsList or FreeCycle. Team up with a relative, neighbor or friend to split the cost and product from warehouse stores and remember that they don’t need know why you are purchasing canned goods or rice like that – only that you want to split the item with them because it is too much for just your household alone.

Try to “weigh” all your purchases to multi-functional. This will not only reduce clutter and storage space needs, it is budget wise as well since you will be purchasing one item that can do the job of two or more.

"Being frugal does not mean being cheap!
It means being economical and avoiding waste."
Catherine Pulsifer

Try cutting back on all the “use and toss” products, see what you can make and do for yourself, rather than purchasing, like cloth napkins instead of paper. There are also tons of sites out there with instruction sets on making your own solar ovens and solar panels or wind generators – to how to trap and snare or preserve food. You can find almost everything you may need on the internet for whatever crisis is on your list.

Keep in mind that you need not have the same mindset as the author that wrote that informational article, just “pick their brains” for what applies to what you need to know. And remember that this takes time and patience so don’t get frustrated. Hey, you can even save additional monies in the process of taking things on for yourself while accumulating your preparedness needs!

"When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live."
Samuel Johnson

Above all, Enjoy Life, Live it to the Fullest with confidence that by getting prepared, none of you will be at the mercy of an outside entity during a crisis - you know you are protecting you and yours to the fullest!

Check out “Ready, Set, Go! - 24 Weeks of Crisis Supply Procurement”
At the end of 24 weeks your Documentation Book should be complete. You should have established a plan and have accumulated enough of the basic goods for one person (food and water, etc), in one household, for a minimum of 6 days.

“You can only eat an elephant - one bite at a time.”

What you end up with for one person per household (for apx 6 days):

Qty Item
1 “Heatalter” fireplace grate (puts more fireplace heat into the house instead of up the flume) If needed
1 “I” brackets to secure furniture to walls, If earthquake zone
1 “Mess Kit” (pan, plate, bowl, cup)
1 3 Ring Binder
2 Aluminum foil (heavy duty)
2 ammo handgun (box)
2 ammo rifle box
2 ammo shotgun (box)
1 Assorted reusable plastic containers (for food and freezer)
1 Assorted screws, nails, nuts and bolts (including wood screws)
1 axe-hatchet/hammer/crow bar tool (All purpose)
1 Backpack for go-bag
1 backpack, duffel bag or rolling luggage (household or vehicle go bag)
1 backpacker binoculars If being “mobile” plays a big role in your Crisis Plan
2 bags Heavy duty large garbage (pkg)
1 baked beans (with meat if possible) can
1 Batteries Extra (preferably rechargeable)
1 Beans 5 lb sack
1 Blankets and or sleeping bag for each household member
1 Bleach Plain liquid (gal)
1 Boy Scout Field Book (check out the used book stores for this) or if you are the experienced outdoors type – SAS Survival Manual (just search the web to download for free a digital copy, then print it out)
1 Bungee cords (1 pkg)
1 Camping supplies fuel for stove & lantern
1 Camping supplies lanterns
1 Camping supplies stove
1 Camping supplies tents
2 Can Opener – Hand Operated
2 can opener Extra hand operated or GI
1 Cereal dry box
1 Cereal Instant oatmeal or cream of wheat pkg
1 Chapstick
1 child proof latches for cupboards and cabinets, If needed
1 Coffee Instant
1 Commando Saw
1 Compass
1 Condoms
1 container , Waterproof portable plastic with lid for use for important papers not accounted for in your Documentation Book/Binder
1 Cordage (rope) all purpose
1 Crackers Animal box
1 Crackers Graham box
1 Crescent wrench
1 Crowbar
1 Denture care items If needed
1 dish towels, cheap pkg
1 Disposable dust masks
1 Eating utensil kit (knife, spoon, fork)
2 fire extinguisher ABC (per retreat and vehicle, at least 2 per retreat/house)
1 fire extinguisher Extra ABC for each floor and or room of your home, including garage
1 First Aid: “butterfly” bandages, various sizes pkg
1 First Aid: activated charcoal
1 First Aid: Adhesive bandages, assorted sizes
1 First Aid: Anti-diarrhea medicine (Lomodium)
1 First Aid: Antiseptic
1 First Aid: Aspirin and or acetaminophen, ibruprophen, naproxum sodium
1 First Aid: Bee Sting/Insect Bite Kit
1 First Aid: Compresses pkg
1 First Aid: Dental Kit (includes antibiotic treatment, pain gel and temporary filling/caps)
1 First Aid: Disposable hand wipes
1 First Aid: elastic ace bandages
1 First Aid: Eye wash and patch kit
1 First Aid: eyeglasses, Extra If needed
1 First Aid: gauze or bandages roll
1 First Aid: Ipecac syrup
1 First Aid: Latex gloves
1 First Aid: Liquid hand soap and or waterless anti bacterial wash
1 ech First Aid: OTC medications – adult and child (Benadryl, Sudafed, Pepto Bismal, Cola and or Ginger syrup)
1 First Aid: Rubbing alcohol
1 First Aid: Scissors
1 First Aid: Sewing Kit
1 First Aid: Snake Bite Kit
1 First Aid: Splint
1 First Aid: Splint sticks for fingers and toes
1 First Aid: Suture kit
1 First Aid: tape
1 First Aid: Thermometer (Get one of those “strips” instead of a glass/mercury filled type or battery operated digital type)
1 First Aid: Tweezers
1 First Aid: Vitamins and or herbal supplements/remedies
1 Fishing hooks pkg
1 Fishing line pkg
1 fishing rod collapsible, Optional
2 Flashlights with batteries
1 Food for special diets, if needed
5 Fruit can
1 Fuel Extra for camp stoves, heaters, grills, lanterns, etc each
2 Fun Stuff: Travel board games, playing cards, harmonica, activity books, pleasure books, etc.
1 Gloves Fireplace
1 Gloves Heavy work
1 Hammer
2 Hearing aid batteries, if needed (pkg)
1 Infant Items (if needed): Extra plastic bottles, diapers, baby food or formula – Think ahead if you are going to be potty training and or your infant will be weaning to toddler food - do not purchase for more than two weeks worth of these items - weeks
3 Juice lg can
1 ech kitchen tools Hand powered hand grain grinder, hand mixer, etc.
1 Kleenex box
1 Ladder emergency escape for at least one window in each second+ story room
1 Lantern Battery powered camping or extra flashlights and batteries (preferably rechargeable)
2 Large plastic food bags (ZipLoc type)
5 Meat can
1 Medications: If Needed, extra RX or see your physician for a prescription to mark
1 Milk powdered box
1 Milk unsweetened evaporated or condensed can
1 Miracle shammie to use as towel pkg
3 MRE’s pkgs
1 Multi-Tool: Leatherman Tool and or Swiss Army Knife
1 Pasta pkg
1 Peanut Butter
1 Pencil, paper, sharpener
1 Permanent marking pen
2 Pet food for any pet (10lbs+)
1 Pet: Carrier for your pet
1 Pet: Leash for your pet
2 Plastic wrap
1 Pliers
1 Pocket sized first aid book/guide
1 Powdered flavored drink mix (Gatorade and the like) Instant
2 quick energy snack, protein or food bar (box)
1 radio Portable AM/FM – preferably hand crank, solar or rechargeable battery operated
1 Reusable plastic containers
1 Safety goggles
1 safety pins various sizes pkg
1 Saline solution and contact lens case If needed
1 Sauce tomato can
1 Shovel Folding backpackers
1 signal mirror
1 Smoke detector with battery (rechargeable preferred)
3 soup, stew or the like ready to eat
1 Space Bags (for those blankets, pillows, sleeping bags)
1 Space blanket
1 Sunscreen
1 Super Glue
1 Tape Double sided heavy duty
2 Tape Duct
1 tape Masking roll
1 Tape Plumber’s (roll)
1 Tea Instant
1 Thermal underwear (top & bottom)
6 toilet paper (rolls)
2 Toothbrush
2 Toothpaste (can be travel size)
3 Towels paper roll
5 Vegetable can
2 Velcro (roll)
1 Video tape or digital camera memory stick/DVD
1 Vise grips
2 water barrels with wheels, towing handle and gravity spout - 2- 5 gallon or larger
6 Water (gal)
1 Water purification filter and or tablets
1 wheat (bulk) Un-ground, whole grain (2-5lbs)
1 Whistle emergency
1 Women’s Hygiene- sanitary napkins/tampons
1 Wood (cord)

Keep On Preppin ;-}


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Step Sixteen: Create Your Preparedness Plan - How to Make a Preparedness Plan that Works

“I am prepared for the worst but hope for the best”
Benjamin Disraeli
(British Prime Minister & novelist 1804-1881)

Step Sixteen: Create Your Preparedness Plan

Now that all the information you need to develop a viable and workable plan has been collected – it is time to formalize the plan and put it into writing.

I have found the outline format, with each Roman numeral being its own page to be the most effective and easiest to keep up to date without rewriting the plan for each change.

Have a section in your Documentation Book for your plan. In this section you should have:

  • Moderated Crisis List
  • Per Crisis Needs Lists
  • Needs Acquire List
  • Your Plan

Your plan should include and or point to:

  • What you need to do (process and procedure) for each Need on your Per Crisis Needs Lists, with regards to the Scope and Duration of the crisis
  • Retreat Locations, Routes & Rendezvous, Secret Communication Signals
  • Goods or supplies, along with Knowledge and Skills that you have and need to Acquire to survive the longest duration event on your Crisis List
  • A Budget Plan to procure the goods, knowledge and skills you lack.
  • A readily accessible place to organize and store your goods
  • A Practice Drill Schedule; including being mobile to get to your retreat, Sheltering in Place and Bug-Out/Evacuation or going to your secondary retreat
  • Go-Bags and Important Documentation Book information/references for getting your life back and assisting in the worst case mobility issues.
  • How and when to inform family and friends of your situation (communications)

First create your plans (process and procedure) for your Crisis Drill mobility issues – getting to your retreat and having to vacate your retreat.

Next take a good long look at your Per Crisis Needs Lists and its Repeated Items. These will be things like food, water, first aid, safety/defense, cooking¸ sanitation, communications and the like. These Roman numerals will be the process and procedure behind all these needs that repeat themselves on each crisis in your Per Crisis Needs Lists (or just shy of all the lists).

Then group the remaining repeated needs based on how many times they repeat themselves - from most frequent to least frequent. Each of your following Roman numerals will be these process and procedures for each of these needs.

Lastly, out of the remaining needs that are not repeated, look at the crisis they pertain to. Most likely these are crisis specific needs. If this is the case use the crisis priority to determine the sequence of Roman numerals and the process and procedures for each of these items.

As an example let’s say that on your Crisis List (somewhere) you have the following:

  • Citywide power outage caused by a severe snow/ice storm that lasts 5 days.
  • There is a solar storm (CME) that takes out electricity and fries all digital devices, globally for a long duration.
  • There is a drinking water shortage with a power outage, city wide due to a flood for 3 days.
  • There is an attack to the U.S. by EMP blasts that takes out electricity and fries all digital devices, nationally to internationally.

All four of these crises have one common factor – no electricity for more than 24 hours. The Needs to address this factor are the same. So your plan would have a Roman numeral for No electricity with a subset for what to do if all digital devices are fried (the less frequent repeats to no electricity).

IV. No Electricity
1. No Electricity Only
a. Generator & fuel for 3 days
b. Rechargeable batteries with solar recharger
c. Hand crank and or battery powered lights, radio and the like.
d. Charcoal or propane for a grill with enough fuel for 5 days.
2. No Electricity CME/EMP particulars
a. Faraday cages for radios and other necessary digital electrical equipment

The following is an example of the Doe Family Preparedness Plan, minus the actual process and procedure behind all the needs.

The Doe Family Preparedness Plan

I. Crisis Drills (at least twice a year)
a. Mobility to retreat
b. Mobility from retreat (evacuation)
II. Mobility (go bags come into play here):
a. To Retreat
b. From Retreat (evacuation)
III. Shelter In Place
a. Personal
i. Food & Water
1. Cooking & Cleaning
2. Gardening
3. Food Preservation/Storage
ii. Defense/Security
1. Preventative
a. Outer Perimeter
i. Non-lethal
ii. Lethal
b. Inner Perimeter
i. Non-lethal
ii. Lethal
2. Defensive
a. Non-lethal
b. Lethal
3. Offensive
a. Non-lethal
b. Lethal
iii. Communications
iv. Medical/Dental
v. Bedding
vi. Heat/Cooling
1. For Shelter
2. Personal (clothing)
vii. Sanitation
b. Block/Group
i. Food & Water
1. Cooking & Cleaning
2. Gardening
3. Food Preservation/Storage
ii. Defense/Security
1. Preventative
a. Outer Perimeter
i. Non-lethal
ii. Lethal
b. Inner Perimeter
i. Non-lethal
ii. Lethal
2. Defensive
a. Non-lethal
b. Lethal
3. Offensive
a. Non-lethal
b. Lethal
iii. Communications
iv. Medical/Dental
v. Bedding
vi. Heat/Cooling
1. For Shelter
2. Personal (clothing)
vii. Sanitation
IV. Personal Crisis
a. House Fire
i. Home
ii. Not home
b. Crime
i. At house when home
ii. At house when not home
iii. When out and about
c. Illness or Injury
i. to me
ii. Illness/Injury or Death in family
d. Personal economic
i. Loss of income
ii. Law suit
V. Loss of water
a. Drought
b. Utility
VI. Severe weather
VII. Space weather
a. CME
b. Asteroid or Comet
VIII. Loss of electricity (utility)
a. 1 day or less
b. More than 1 day
c. Long term
IX. Hyperinflation
a. National
b. Global
X. Civilization collapse
a. State
b. National
c. International
XI. Public Health Hazard
a. Local
i. Natural
ii. Man-Made
b. State
i. Natural
ii. Man-Made
c. National
i. Natural
ii. Man-Made
d. International
i. Natural
ii. Man-Made
XII. Terrorist Attack
a. Domestic
b. Foreign
a. Domestic
b. Foreign
c. Multi-National

Resources to assist with building your Plans: (Note: These workbooks will contain worksheets for collecting the information presented in this seminar; use whichever format you desire.) Check out & for links to the other Homesteading, Preparedness & Survival web sites, magazines and downloads.

The two most detailed, yet general “build your plan” documents I have found are: Home Emergency Preparedness Workbook by Pandion-LLC. Although I can’t seem to find the original web site I have uploaded the PDF to: and the 26 Weeks to Emergency Preparedness Workbook by Cowichan Valley of British Columbia, Canada found at:
A great “all purpose” get started sample plan that includes your pets (just substitute your pet for equine) can be downloaded from:
A great guidebook called: How to Prepare for Any Disaster Your Easy Step-by-Step Preparedness Guide can be downloaded for free by supplying your email address @
For a “Down’n’Dirty” Quickie Checklist for a Making a Plan and accumulating needed information: PDF Format: or then select the Excel version.
How to Become a Prepper
Prepping for Animals, Pets & Livestock
Ready, Set, Go! - 24 Weeks of Crisis Supply Procurement
Another good starter is the Emergency Preparedness Checklist at: or for BabyStep Checklist Email Program – Biweekly emails sent to you with detailed checklists to walk you through our BabySteps in a one year FREE program. You will need to sign up for the free email checklists.

Next we will discuss the “and not go broke“ part …

Keep On Preppin'


PS - Sorry about missing last week